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Greek Police Keep Crackdown on COVID-19 Violators Over Masks, Curfew

ATHENS – With a range of businesses, clubs, theaters and cinemas set to close – again – on Nov. 1 in a bid to slow the spread of COVID-19, Greek police aren't relenting on their inspections for people and places defying health protocols.

There were another 47,869 checks on Oct. 30, leading to 1,518 cases found where people weren't wearing masks, even outdoors, as required and 344 for not obeying a curfew in place from 12:30 a.m. to 5 a.m,

The violators were fined 150 euros ($175.16) each, with 756 mask violations in the Attica prefecture that includes Athens and 153 in Greece's second-largest city and major port of Thessaloniki, said Kathimerini.

There were no reports of businesses checked or fined after police in Athens the previous days had issued fines of 3,000 euros ($3503.25) and 5,000 euros ($5838.74) for two bars that stayed open past the curfew time and ordered them closed for several days.

Cases in Greece have been rising , with another record, 2,056 cases on Oct. 31 and six deaths, bringing the totals to 39,251 and 626 fatalities, with 135 patients on ventilators in hospital Intensive Care Units (ICU's.)

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